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2012-08-14 14:21:59

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research was hired by Los Angeles-based Documentary Filmmaker John Ziegler to gauge knowledge among adults nationwide regarding the Penn State University scandal and investigations. This memo summarizes key findings from a poll of 1,000 adults nationwide conducted August 9-12, 2012. Overview Just more than half of adults (55%) were able to correctly identify that Joe Paterno was not accused of molesting children....

2012-07-26 06:23:22

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Auditor General Jack Wagner said today that the Pennsylvania State University president should no longer be a member of the university's board of trustees, and that the president should also be prevented from serving as the board's secretary. Wagner said these changes should be made in order to remove a conflict that exists between the president's role as the university's top administrator and a trustee's role as one who oversees...

The Zombie-Ant Fungus Is Under Attack, Research Reveals
2012-05-03 06:23:50

A parasite that fights the zombie-ant fungus has yielded some of its secrets to an international research team led by David Hughes of Penn State University. The research reveals, for the first time, how an entire ant colony is able to survive infestations by the zombie-ant fungus, which invades an ant's brain and causes it to march to its death at a mass grave near the ant colony, where the fungus spores erupt out of the ant's head. "In a case where biology is stranger than fiction, the...

Image 1 - New Device Can Turn Wastewater Into Electricity
2012-03-05 05:52:34

Researchers from Penn State University claim that they have developed a prototype device that can use wastewater to create electricity, essentially transforming treatment stations into power plans. Lead researcher and engineering professor Bruce E. Logan and his colleagues have combined microbial fuel cells (which can use wastewater and naturally occurring bacteria to generate electricity) and reverse electrodialysis (which creates power from the differences in salt concentration between...

2012-01-18 21:38:03

A novel technique has been developed and demonstrated at Penn State University to map the proteins that read and regulate chromosomes -- the string-like structures inside cells that carry genes. The specific order in which these proteins attach DNA-containing nucleosomes along the chromosome determines whether a brain cell, a liver cell, or a cancer cell is formed. Until now, it has been exceedingly difficult to determine exactly where such proteins bind to the chromosome, and therefore how...

2012-01-11 14:00:00

Broader perspective, more precise language, but missed opportunity to focus on prevention NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report today praised early media coverage of the Penn State University child sexual abuse crisis for its broader perspective and precise language, but criticized its failure to address solutions for prevention. The report, released by the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Berkeley Media Studies Group, recognized the media for its...

2011-11-21 09:30:00

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Special Committee of The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees announced today that it has engaged former FBI Director and federal judge Louis J. Freeh to lead an independent investigative review into all aspects of the University's actions with regard to the allegations of child abuse involving a former Penn State employee contained in the recent Grand Jury report. The Special Committee and Judge Freeh said that the...

2011-11-18 11:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania remains in a state of shock as a result of the allegations by at least eight children that they were sexually assaulted by a former Penn State University football coach. The victimization of these young people, the failure of adults to step in, and the ways in which laws may have permitted silence and inaction have led to outrage and calls for swift action. On Monday, November 21st at 9:00 a.m. the Protect Our...

2011-11-17 13:24:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The recent controversy at Penn State University has demonstrated the critical need for education and awareness of sexual violence. PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment has announced a National Day of Action on November 30, on college campuses across the U.S. PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment - a leading national nonprofit group that shatters the silence of sexual violence - is joining forces with the support of...

Galaxy DNA-analysis Software Now Available 'In The Cloud'
2011-11-09 04:33:59

Galaxy -- an open-source, web-based platform for data-intensive biomedical and genetic research -- is now available as a "cloud computing" resource. A team of researchers including Anton Nekrutenko, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University; Kateryna Makova, an associate professor of biology at Penn State; and James Taylor from Emory University, developed the new technology, which will help scientists and biomedical researchers to harness such tools...